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One thing I’ve been realizing as of late is that buying shares of stocks is a whole heck of a lot easier than buying rental property. :) As such, I used today as another opportunity to pick up some more shares of Alibaba (BABA).

Payday is not until this upcoming Friday, but I thought I would jump the gun and buy some [click to continue…]

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October 2014 Cash Flow Statement

by FI Fighter on November 16, 2014

in Cash Flow

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The holiday season is now just around the corner, so I will start having to think about what gifts to give my tenants this year. Overall, it’s been a pretty solid year for cash flow, as each rental has managed to stay in the green. For that, I am most thankful! At the conclusion of the year, I will tally up all the numbers and calculate the total return for the year.

Not everything is peachy though, as I am currently battling an eviction and will have to [click to continue…]

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October 2014 Net Worth Update

by FI Fighter on November 15, 2014

in Net Worth

This year is just about over which seems really crazy to me. It feels like only yesterday that I was lying on the beach in Maui, contemplating my next moves in life. At that time, I was getting very much acclimated to the lifestyle I envisioned early FI would look like, and kind of figured that I would just need to grind it out at [click to continue…]

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Now that Rental Property Side Hustle #1 and #2 have closed and been leased out, I’ve afforded myself a little bit more breathing room. It wasn’t easy, but I finally paid off all my debts this month (courtesy of my signing bonus posting)! :)

Well, not quite all my debts, as I still have mortgages for [click to continue…]

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My Rental House Dilemma

by FI Fighter on November 5, 2014

in Guest Post

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I got started in real estate investing back in summer of 2012. Since that time, there have been many highs and lows, which have been documented on this blog. But that’s just one person’s perspective… and there are millions of other stories out there.

At this time, I would like to welcome Jon from Money Smart Guides for a guest post today on his own rental property experience!

Growing up, I knew that one of the keys to wealth was through investing. As a result of this, I began to invest in the stock market before I was 18 years old. Since I couldn’t invest directly because of [click to continue…]

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September 2014 Cash Flow Statement

by FI Fighter on November 3, 2014

in Cash Flow

Leverage

I’m falling behind on the updates again, and for that I apologize (again!). Ever since I started the new job, I am finding that my free time is now more limited than ever before. And after staring at a computer screen for 10-12 hours each day, it’s been a challenge finding a way to fit in more computer time for blogging. Usually by the end of the work [click to continue…]

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The 747-8i (Intercontinental) is a variant of the widely popular “Queen of the Skies” 747-400, and is the largest commercial aircraft built in the United States. In addition, it is the longest passenger aircraft in the world, and Lufthansa was the first airline to operate the 747-8i on June, 2012.

But more importantly, Lufthansa is consistently regarded as the premiere standard in 1st Class service and luxury. And because of these industry wide accolades, Lufthansa 1st Class comes attached with a hefty price tag. For example, the retail price on this one way flight cost just south of $10,000, which is the same cost as a brand new Nissan Versa!

Needless to say, my curiosity was killing me, and I needed to know if a 1st Class ticket could be worth the price of a small automobile!???!

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Lufthansa First Class Terminal (Frankfurt)

by Living Proof on October 27, 2014

in Travel, Travel Hacking

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There are many luxurious lounges in the world, but only Lufthansa offers an entire terminal for it’s 1st Class passengers!

The First Class Terminal is an entirely separate building devoted to only the most elite Lufthansa passengers. And attaining access requires strict qualifications, because even passengers arriving on Lufthansa 1st Class aren’t allowed entrance.

So how do you qualify for entrance? Well, for most travel hackers, the simplest way is to have a 1st Class ticket on a Lufthansa flight departing the same day.

Now start saving up those miles, and be prepared to enter a whole new dimension in luxury! [click to continue…]

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Thai Airbus A380 – 1st Class (BKK-FRA)

by Living Proof on October 22, 2014

in Travel, Travel Hacking

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Finally, after months of anticipation, we were only moments away from flying on the Airbus A380 – the largest passenger plane in the world!

In the past, I’ve flown on the Airbus A380 once, but in Singapore Business Class. Although not in 1st Class, it was still an awesome experience sitting on the upper deck on this massive jumbo plane. And since then, I’ve been dreaming of flying this big bird again, but in 1st Class.

So naturally, as we were riding on the golf cart to the gate, I was giggling away like a little girl, because I knew soon enough, we would be royally spoiled on this flight to Frankfurt! [click to continue…]

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After spending three weeks in Thailand, it was finally time to leave for Rome. FIF would be coming from Japan, and I would be coming from Koh Samui, so we decided to simply meet at the Thai Royal First Lounge. In the travel hacking world, Thai Airways is known to have one of the most amazing 1st Class ground service, and Spa service. So naturally, I was super anxious to finally have the opportunity to experience it! [click to continue…]

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